USC Human Resources Administration

Job code: 111093Assistant Director
Clinical services UPHC Student Counseling Services

Grade: 00 |Overtime eligible: No |Date approved: June 20, 2012


Assists director in planning, development and administration of clinical services offered by Student Counseling Services. Coordinates overall day-to-day operations of clinical services. Provides clinical and administrative supervision to all clinical staff. Provides professional individual counseling and psychotherapy for students having concerns of an educational, vocational, personal, social or emotional nature. Serves as leader of groups for both counseling and staff training purposes. Provides consultation services for faculty, staff and students. Conducts or assists in research on students needs. Provides on-call coverage for potential crisis situations. Maintains strict adherence to principles of confidentiality. Reports to Director, Counseling and Psychological Service.


Priority Time (%) Task (Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.)

% Provides overall supervision of staff in the following agency operational areas: individual and group counseling, assessment, crisis and on-call services, and hospitalizations. Recommends organizational structure, reporting relationships and staffing needs based on program goals. Makes hiring, promotiional and salary decisions in accordance with university policy. Provides performance appraisals for staff and determines need for disciplinary action. Oversees professional development for staff members. Assumes administration and supervisory responsibilities for the Student Counseling Services in director's absence when assigned.

% Conducts training programs for peer educators, faculty and departmental staff concerning student issues. Assists in development, implementation, and evaluation of such programs.

% Works with training director in selecting predoctoral psychology interns.

% Oversees all case assignments to senior clinical staff. Manages the wait list, all case assignments, and staff clinical load. Maintains staff coverage for on-call, phone assessment, crisis, and leave requests.

% Serves on department executive committee assisting with establishing policies and procedures, and staff development programming. Manages the dissemination, interpretation and application of program policies and procedures. Chairs the Student Counseling Services Clinical Review Committee.

% Provides professional counseling and psychotherapy on an individual basis for students. Conducts structured and unstructured groups. Screens and assists all walk-in students and consultations from the community when serving as on-call counselor. Provides assistance in resolving concerns which are affecting academic performance vocational choice, and personal, social, and emotional health. Completes all paperwork in conjunction with counseling work. Provides referral information to students and others requiring services that are not available through Student Counseling Service.

% Provides crisis intervention counseling and referral in cases of emergency such as pregnancy, assault, rape, psychosis, suicidal or homicidal ideation, family illness or death, or other personal crisis affective an individual's emotional well being.

% Designs, develops, implements and conducts programs or workshops of varying length to meet specific student and staff needs. Evaluates needs for specific programs or workshops for students and staff.

% Collaborates in a professional and ethical manner with other staff at Student Counseling Services and in community. Participates in senior consultation meetings presenting cases for feedback from colleagues and providing feedback to others on their cases. Services as clinical consultant to staff and trainees.

% Assists in the development of outreach activities which make faculty, staff and students aware of assistance provided by the service. Oversees relationships with mental health community resources including hospitals.

% Establishes and maintains liaison with university staff and faculty who work with students. Consults with various university staff members (e.g. Residence Staff, Academic Advisors) on needs of individual students, as well as needs for program development, implementation, and evaluation.

% Follows customer service guidelines with regard to agency procedural dimensions.

% Develops and implements security related procedures such as office opening and closing routines, recognition of duress signals and key controls. Coordinates security activities with university public safety department. Promotes and maintains standards for security conscious awareness and behavior. Maintains knowledge of university's crime prevention and suppression programs and services. Ensures dissemination of security related information to staff.
Emergency response/recovery:    
In the event of an emergency, the employee holding this position is required to "report to duty" in accordance with the university's emergency operations plan and/or the employee's department's emergency response and/or recovery plans. Familiarity with those plans and regular training to implement those plans is required. During or immediately following an emergency, the employee will be notified to assist in the emergency response efforts, and mobilize other staff members if needed.


Minimum education Preferred education
Master's degree Doctorate
Minimum experiencePreferred experience
7 years 10 years
Minimum field of expertise Preferred field of expertise
Must be licensed professional with seven years' clinical experience. College counseling leader with extensive supervision with a multidiscipline professional team. Expertise working with difficult people and current protocols. Excellent assessment skills of individuals, groups, systems, and organizations. Ability to articulate full assessment and interventions concerning dysfunctional students to appropriate parties. Ability to provide excellent supervision for high risk students. Extensive knowledge and ability to utilize technology and guide staff into next centruy. Aware of quality assurance measures in the field. Demonstrated excellent social and interpersonal skills, including communication skills, boundaries, assertiveness, conflict management, flexibility and leadership skills. Demonstrated excellent organization and time management skills. Must be able to work under stress. Degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or related discipline. Clinical experience in college counseling with administrative background
  • Analysis
  • Assessment/evaluation
  • Clinical documentation
  • Coaching
  • Communication—written and oral skills
  • Conceptualization and design
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consulting
  • Counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Customer service
  • Group consultation
  • Human resource process and employment knowledge
  • Interpretation of policies/analyses/trends/etc.
  • Interviewing
  • Knowledge of applicable laws/policies/principles/etc.
  • Managerial skills
  • Networking
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Problem identification and resolution
  • Project management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Public speaking/presentations
  • Research
  • Scheduling
  • Staff development
  • Teaching/training
  • Calculator
  • Computer and peripheral equipment
  • Computer network (department or school)
  • Computer network (university)
  • Fax
  • Photocopier
Supervises level
Supervises employees and student workers performing professional/paraprofessional work


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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer